March 16, 2012 was my last driving column in the Vancouver Sun, and while the reasons for ceasing the column were many, I listed the need to spend more time with my family as my main motivator. There are simply too many roles to fill and too few hours to fill them in.
A reader sent me an email yesterday and asked if I regretted the decision to stop writing for the paper, to which I replied,
“Not at all.”
Sure, I’ve had ideas for articles and drivers still make me crazy with their seemingly complete lack of road safety and traffic awareness, but it’s been liberating to have a few extra hours a week to do other stuff. It helps that it’s been Spring Break and I managed to get some time off – from everything; work, writing, other distractions. I’ve spent quality time with my hubby and children. I’ve spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying the recent stretch of beautiful weather. I’ve been focused on recharging.
And it’s been glorious.
If 17 years of police work have taught me anything, it’s that police officers need quality time away from the job to keep themselves balanced.
Officers can be committed/loyal to their department and still take time to ensure their own well-being. In fact, I’d suggest ensuring your own well-being be a priority, because if you are unable to look after yourself how can you be expected to look after anyone else, let alone ‘serve and protect’?
Another reason for stopping the driving column was my other writing was suffering – this blog was simply not getting the care it so badly needs. My loyalty remains here, with these various forms of social media (blogging and Twitter), in an effort to build on relationships between the police department and the public we serve.
Now that I’ve managed to rein in writing to a more manageable level, I expect to be blogging again on a more regular basis.
Don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to it!